Invitational Homebrew Competition
Brewthusiasts! Our 3rd Annual Invitational + Competition is 5.20 where we’ll have almost 40 of the top breweries in the Western U.S. face off with their best IPAs. This year, we’ve added another dimension to our Invitational: we’ve decided to host our first ever Invitational Homebrew Competition.
The homebrew IPA contest will feature three different categories: American IPA, Northeast IPA, and Specialty IPA. The finalists from each category will then enter a Best of Show round where they will meet head-to-head for the Brewer’s Choice finale. We will be inviting all of the finalists to our Invitational on 5.20 where we will award medals and announce the winner!
The winning homebrewer will receive two brewer’s badges for the 2018 Great American Beer Festival, and their IPA will be submitted to the GABF Pro-AM Competition to compete against other brewery-sponsored homebrewers. We’ll also be packaging and selling the winning beer, so when naming your beer entries, please keep it ABC friendly as we will have to get the name approved by the TTB* (and we all know how that goes for even the tamest of names). That’s right, the magic you concoct in a picnic cooler mash tun could very well be on retail shelves in a few months.
Please keep in mind time, scaling, and fermentation limitations when submitting your entries. Entries will be judged according to the 2018 GABF Style Guidelines. American IPAs and Northeastern IPAs are self-explanatory (no Imperials or Sessions, please), and if your IPA has adjuncts (such as fruit, spices, etc.) or is a hybrid of styles, it’s considered a Specialty IPA entry.
UPDATE: The 2018 Brewer’s Association Style Guidelines have been released. Please refer to the “American-Style India Pale Ale” category style for American IPA entries. Refer to the “Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale” category for Northeastern IPA entries. For Specialty IPA entries, you must state on your label the beer style most applicable to your entry that you would like us to use for judging. You can read the BA Style Guidelines GABF uses here
Contest registration begins Sat 3.3 at 8 am. Check back on this page to register your homebrew at that time. Sign-ups are limited to the first 100 people (only one beer entry per person), and registration is $15.
We look forward to seeing all the dedicated homebrew talent this year! To kick off the DIY spirit, we’ve asked everyone at Track 7 about their best (and worst) homebrew stories. We all had to start somewhere, right?
Registration begins: 3.3.18
Beer entries due: 4.19.18 – 5.3.18
Finalists notified: 5.12.18
Winner announced: 5.20.18
- For all entries, please drop off or ship four 22 oz bottles for judging between 4.19.18 – 5.3.18 to our Natomas office at 826 Professor Lane Suite 100 Sacramento, CA 95834.
- We will be using a points-based blind tasting system by a panel of judges to determine the three category winners. The overall winner, however, will be the Brewer’s Choice selection. We are currently recruiting BJCP judges for the competition; if you are interested in judging, please email us at [email protected]
- If any of the finalists have already purchased their Invitational ticket, we will refund them the cost of their ticket.
- We reserve the right to work with you to change the winning IPA’s name + label design direction if it is deemed offensive.
- In the spirit of fair competition, no Track 7 employees will be eligible to enter.
- Questions? Contact us at [email protected]
Shipping + Labeling Instructions for Entries
Please drop off or ship four 22 oz bottles for judging between 4.19.18 – 5.3.18 to our Natomas office using the following address:
Attn: Invitational Competition
826 Professor Lane, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95834
If using multiple boxes to ship your beers, write your name and a box number on top (i.e. Jane Hops Box 1 of 2). Please have email tracking notifications sent to [email protected] so we know to look out for your entry. Weekday delivery using FedEx or UPS shipping is best (do not use USPS).
Make sure your bottles are packed tightly; nothing should move when you shake the box. We recommend wrapping bottles in bubble or foam wrap (making sure glass does not touch glass) and using additional padding as necessary. No packing peanuts, please. It’s also a good idea to line your box with a trash bag in case a bottle breaks. We are not responsible for any bottles broken during shipping.
For more detailed shipping tips visit: https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/from-the-director/ship-beer-getting-homebrew-safely/
If dropping off your entry in person, please bring your beers to our Natomas office (the same address) Monday-Friday 9am – 6pm.
You must print a label with the following information and affix one in a waterproof manner (wide, clear packing tape is best) to each of your entry’s bottles. All labels need to include the following:
Category (you must use the category American IPA, Northeast IPA, or Specialty IPA. As we specified previously, no sessions or doubles):
*Specialty IPA Style + Special Ingredients (if you are submitting a Specialty IPA, you must state the beer style you would like us to use for judging as well as any adjuncts. This Special Ingredients section is for adjuncts only like fruits, flavorings, spices, etc. NOT hops):
Your Name: Jane Hops
Beer Name: Brewberry Shake
Category: Specialty IPA
Specialty IPA Style + Special Ingredients: Milkshake IPA with Vanilla, Lactose, Blueberry Puree, and Pear Puree
Your Name: Jane Hops
Beer Name: something explicit
Category: Northeast Double IPA
Special Ingredients: HBC 459, Mosaic
We have now received the maximum number of homebrew competition entries. Thank you!